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good morning. disaster in japan. another 1,000 bodies washed up along japan's earthquake and tsunami-ravaged coast, as the nuclear crisis deepens, with a new explosion at an already damaged power plant. ann curry reports live from the region still reeling from the massive disaster today, monday, region still reeling from the massive disaster today, monday, march 14, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television
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the images continue to haunt us all. welcome to "today" on a monday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm meredith vieira. japan's prime minister calling this the gravest crisis in his country since world war ii. >> the death toll is now estimated at 10,000. that's expected to climb. so far, about 2,800 people are confirmed dead including those 1,000 bodies discovered overnight. meanwhile, 11 workers have been injured during a second hydrogen explosion today at the fukushima nuclear plant and the u.s. military shifted some of the fleet further away from shore after military personnel were exposed to low level radiation. the state department is warning americans to avoid travel to japan. >> we also have new home video that captured the tsunami as it destroyed towns on the japanese coast. in the wake of the disaster,
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there is new speculation that the san andreas fault in california will be the source of the next big tremor. more on that just ahead. we begin with the latest on the unfolding situation in japan. we have several reports starting with ann curry who is in the hard hit region of miyogi. good morning, ann. >> reporter: good morning. i'm in a city called minamisanriku. it is one of the most devastated towns in the most affected region of this epic disaster in japan. and four days after the quake and tsunami, this area is barely reached by the outside world. [ screaming ] >> reporter: nbc news obtained this home video of the tsunami as it struck the coastal fishing village of minamisanriku, considered one of the hardest hit. where 10,000 of 17,000 residents are missing. it is a city obliterated.
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and heartbroken. hiromi hirayuchi can't find six members of her family. another eyewitness video shows the power of the wave as it engulfed the coastal city of miyako. the destruction is so widespread and sudden the prime minister is calling this japan's gravest crisis since world war ii. [ speaking in a foreign language ] >> reporter: this is a nation on edge. hit with more than 1,000 aftershocks which sounded the alarms in sendai repeatedly this weekend. they're yelling at us saying a tsunami is coming right now. they are yelling at everybody to get out of the way. we're leaving the area. tsunami alarms are so frequent, even emergency crews lost count. add to that the quake impacted nuclear power plants.
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>> the nuclear and safety industrial agency said an explosion occurred in the number 3 building of the reactor around 11:00 a.m. japan time on monday. >> reporter: now, more than 180,000 people have been evacuated from around the plant which has released some radiation. more than 60 nations have pledged aid, sending in 13 rescue teams including from europe and china on sunday. u.s. teams are already on the ground searching. the u.s. navy has dispatched eight warships. >> we are here to help protect the japanese people. >> reporter: the u.s.s. ronald reagan arrived on sunday to bring in supplies by helicopter. in the midst of so much destruction, there is hope. floating for two days, this 60-year-old was found alive, clinging to the roof of his
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house, nearly ten miles out to sea. survivors on a rooftop saw signs of life in the debris, and three elderly people who were trapped for 20 hours in a car were saved. even here, someone was found alive in rubble today. though this town has been virtually destroyed a woman said to me today, "we will be strong, we will rebuild." meredith? >> positive thoughts in the midst of such devastation. besides the aftershocks, there are reports of hundreds of thousands without food, water, electricity, heat and now the threat of radiation exposure. how are people coping with this? >> reporter: it's very difficult. people are standing in long lines for food, fresh water, for gas just to get around. the hotels are closed down. electricity is down. people are coping by leaning on
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each other. we found that true in this hardest hit region. people have established evacuation centers and schools. in other places, sleeping together in classrooms, sharing food. really it's been a matter of people helping each other. the outside help has not yet arrived. they are relying on each other as long as the meager food rations they have will last, meredith. >> you talk about people standing in lines. i have noticed they are patiently standing in line. there is almost a sense of order there. often after a natural disaster there are stories of looting. you don't hear about that in japan now. does that surprise you? >> reporter: you're absolutely right. you usually hear those stories. i'm not surprised because i have lived in japan. my father's in the military. order is a word you can use to describe the character of the japanese people. we have seen no examples of any kind of looting.
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we have seen however a kind of stillicism. there are people who have been traumatized. yet there is a resilience and even people smiling through tears, trying to move on, look toward the future. that's the impression we have been getting as we meet the people. we have more reporting on that coming up. >> and the rescue workers who are beginning to pour into the country, how are they dealing with the massive effort in front of them? >> reporter: you know, largely they are struggling gettinging into place. the roads are often blocked or the traffic is really paralyzed. the trains are down. the planes are not landing in the upper region, largely because there is a lot of concern about tsunamis and also because of aftershocks. there have been so many aftershocks. and other subsequent earthquakes. the difficulty is just to get here. it takes hours and hours.
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that's one of the reasons why aid has yet to arrive. the good news is we are starting to see signs of the outside world beginning to reach them. i suspect if not today, tomorrow, the next day, we'll see a major arrival of outside aid based on what we are hearing from the agencies we have been dealing with. >> ann curry, thank you very much. we'll have more of ann's reporting in the next half hour. it is 7:08. here's meredith. >> as we mentioned, six nuclear reactors suffered damage in the disaster. there have been two explosions at the fukushima daiichi plant. 180,000 people have been evacuated from the area. those who weren't ordered to leave have been told to stay inside. experts say this is the worst nuclear emergency since the 1986 chernobyl disaster. tom costello has more. tom, good morning to you. >> reporter: hi, matt. they are declaring emergencies at the six reactors. a quick reminder of how nuclear
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power plants work. it is a controlled nuclear chain reaction. water comes in like this. it is brought into the nuclear core. the idea is to heat it up, create boiling water. the steam comes back out this way, turn it is turbine which turns the generator and you have electricity. to ensure the nuclear core doesn't get too hot and have a me meltdown, you need constant water cycling through. that requires power which was lost in the earthquake and tsunami. in a desperate effort to keep the reactors from melting down and releasing radiation, japanese authorities have been injecting boron and seawater into the reactors to keep the fuel rods cool disabling the plants permanently. much of the attention has been on the fukushima buildings 1 and 3. number 1 released some radiation after the roof was taken off.
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then overnight a dramatic explosion at the number 3 reactor. the urgent evacuation of large numbers of people fearful of radioactive fallout covered live by japanese tv. >> i want to know exactly what's going on at the nuclear plant. i'm scared. >> reporter: nuclear experts are also concerned in the u.s. >> what's critical is trying to prevent the cores of the reactors from completely melting down and possibly escaping the vessel that they are contained in. >> reporter: the vessels are made of reinforced steel, built to with stand and contain a melt-down, but will they? experts caution the chernobyl meltdown in 1986 was different. no steel containment vessel and showering the countryside in radioactive dust and particles. in japan, the risk of radioactive gases that could escape and blow with the winds. the hope is that gases would
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dissipate quickly. we talked to kirby kemper from tallahasse tallahassee. >> stay indoors. use duct tape or masking tape to sa seal the windows. no air flow in or out. >> reporter: the u.s. is not expected to experience harmful levels of radiation as any gases dissipate over the ocean. those people who are at risk of radiation exposure have been taking iodine tablets to saturate the thyroid to block any radiation they may be exposed to. after chernobyl thousands of children came down with thyroid cancer. nobody expects a repeat of chernobyl here. >> thank you very much. robert alvarez is with the institute for policy studies. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> any time we hear the words "explosion" and "nuclear power plant" in the same sentence
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people fear the worst. we have seen two explosions at this plant. one in reactor number 1 and one in reactor number 3's building. put them in perspective for me. >> well, i think these events are unprecedented. i think that the evidence that's been made public as to what's happening there indicates that the reactor operators, the government probably with the help of the united states military are still wrestling to gain control over the situation. >> you know, one of the problems here is we seem to be getting conflicting information. let me read different pieces of information. officials say they have lost the ability to cool three of the reactors at daiichi and three others at a nearby plant. one said he thought unit 3 had
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partly melted telling a news conference, i don't think the fuel rods have been spared damage. a chief cabinet secretary said reports of a meltdown are inaccurate. are we talking semantics here? cut through the terminology for me. >> well, i think that the -- what i understand the situation to be is that there is at least one reactor that has had some sort of partial meltdown. the unit number 3 may be on the verge or may be undergoing a meltdown and unit number 3 reactor has a steel core that also contains plutonium in it which makes things much more complicated and risky. that you have reactors where they lost the ability to cool them is a very serious matter. i'm hoping they can restore the ability to cool them. >> they are pumping seawater
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into the reactors to accomplish this. is this a black and white situation? in other words if the seawater fails, is a meltdown inevitable? >> i think the sea water in terms of the menu of options is sort of what i would describe as the last ditch or hail mary option. if that fails, i'm not sure what else they have available to them and hope and pray that the primary reactor vessel will be able to with stand a severe core melt and that the secondary containment and thick concrete dome that surrounds that will also hold up and prevent any escape of a major amount of radioactive ti. >> and these events are rated on a scale of 1 to 7. chernobyl was a 7. japanese authorities said they think the situation at daiichi
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is a 4. do you agree with that? >> in my own personal opinion i think it's closer to 5 or 6. >> that's not good news. we appreciate your perspective on this. mr. alvarez, thank you very much. >> thank you for having me on. >> all right. 15 after the hour. here's meredith. >> in the wake of japan's devastating earthquake there is new speculation that the san andreas fault in california will be the source of the next big tremor. simon winchester writes about the strong possibility in this week's "newsweek" magazine. good morning. >> good morning. >> the magazine references the scariest earthquake to come in california. last time it ruptured was in 1906 when the earthquake and subsequent fires devastated san francisco. what makes you think the timing is right for it to happen again? >> it's ee's clear that the earthquakes tend to occur in
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clusters. a cluster seems to have happened in the last year around the pacific plates. if you think of it as a square, we have had a major earthquake in the northwestern side of the square, tokyo, three days ago it was sendai. on the 22nd of february we had christchurch in new zealand in the southwest of the square. last year we had a major earthquake in chile and the southeast of the square. the fourth leg of the square, the fourth side is where the san andreas and the kcascadia forms. that hasn't ruptured. so now is the time when people should start thinking about what might happen if, one, the san n andreas or the cascadia fault ruptures. if either ruptures there could
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be major problems. >> do you see it as a possibility or do you believe it is inevitable. >> it is inevitable. the question that troubles everyone is precise bli whly wh. the u.s. geological survey says we can't predict it with accuracy but says the hayward fault is ripe for a rupture within the next quarter century. the san andreas fault, no one is sure. the cascadia subduction zone would cause not just terrifying problems on land but would generate a tsunami. that's a big problem. >> if the san andreas fault were to rupture that would not trigger a tsunami? >> not essentially. most of the san andreas runs on
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land and it's mostly under land. if that were to rupture it would cause freeways and bridges to collapse as the disaster did in 1989. but cascadia is under ground. the problem there is tsunamis. california, washington and oregon haven't experienced tsunamis since 1964. >> how do we prepare for it if we can't predict when it will happen? >> that's the problem for a tsunami. of course there are evacuation routes all over california. but are people psychologically prepared for a disruption on the san andreas fault? generally not. they're better than they were five years ago when we had the anniversary of the san francisco earthquake which was in 2006. people suddenly got back into the thought that, my god, this could happen. schools started doing exercises and people started retro-fitting buildings and so on and so
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forth. it's taken 22 years, for instance, since the quake in 1989 and still the bay bridge, one of the major arteries from the east bay across to san francisco is still not finished. california really isn't taking this seriously enough. maybe the events in japan, chile and new zealand will remind them that they could be -- and i don't want to be alarmist -- but they could be next. they must prepare. >> dire warnings from simon winchester this morning. thank you very much. >> thanks, meredith. >> much more from japan in a moment. >> let's get the rest of the top stories. it's scary. savannah guthrie is at the news desk while ann is in japan. good morning. >> good morning. we're going to begin with the economic fallout from the crisis in japan. cnbc's erin burnett has the latest from the new york stock exchange. good morning. >> good morning. japanese stocks fell more than 6% on worries the quake will hurt the economy. the japanese central bank pumped a record amount of money into
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the economy to stabilize things. here's one example to bring it home. toyota is the world's largest carmaker. they shut all 12 plants in japan through wednesday. obviously part of that, many didn't have damage but it's concern over stability, how much demand there will be for cars. japan is home to sony, obviously lots of people use products made by sony and japan makes parts for things like the iphone. it is a crucial part of the global supply chain. here is what i would highlight. the japanese stock market opened. sure, it was down, but people went back to work. jap j.p. morgan says the economic impact from the middle east issue will be more significant from what we are seeing in japan. >> all right, erin. thank you. moammar gadhafi's forces are retaking territory from rebels in eastern libya. the arab league made the rare plea for a united nations-imposed no-fly zone as
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gadhafi's forces reportedly pushed rebels. a suspected u.s. drone attack in pakistan killed at least six alleged militants this morning. the strike targeted an insurgent hideout near the borderer with afghanistan. an explosion at a massachusetts adhesive chemical plant overnight injured four workers and shook homes miles away. environmental officials in the area are now concerned about contamination of a nearby river. survivors of the bus crash in new york told investigators they didn't feel a tractor-trailer clip the bus, contradicting the driver's account of what caused the accident which killed 14 people. passengers reported that the driver swerved multiple times before the bus slid off the road. police say the driver had no alcohol in his system at the time of the accident. top state department spokesman p.j. crowley is stepping down days after publically blasting the pentagon
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for its treatment of suspected wikileaks informant private bradley manning. manning's lawyers say he's been forced to strip and remain publically naked for extended periods of time. it's now 7:21. let's get to meredith, matt and al. >> thank you very much, savannah. now a check on the forecast from mr. roker. >> we'll start by looking at the forecast in japan. they have rain moving in and chilly conditions. a low of 39 in sendai. tokyo with a high tomorrow of 56 degrees with a 20% chance of showers. the prevailing winds, the jet stream now, strong winds 135 miles per hour jet coming across from japan into the pacific northwest. again, no problems hopefully from radioactive cloud or leaks, but, again, we keep an eye on >> good morning. here at home, things are pretty quiet.
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temperatures are in the 30's. 33 in randallstown. mr. of sunshine and clouds, a little cooler than yesterday.le and that's your latest weather. matt? >> al, thank you very much. more on the disaster in japan, but first on a monday morning this is "today" on nbc.
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just ahead, a heartwarming and emotional reunion. >> ann finds an american english teacher who was missing in the wake of japan's earthquake and tsunami. we'll talk to that woman and her family after your local news and weather.
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closures in effect between allegheny ave and pennsylvania avenue. southbound 95 approaching white marsh to the 895 split, inner loop delays prior to 95. west side, picking up in volume. 12 minutes on the outer loop northeast side. six minutes from 895 to the beltway southwest. here is what it looks like at old court. west side on the outer loop coming towards us. barre's logo from edmondson to 795. harford, disabled vehicle clearing in the outer loop. it should be out of there shortly. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> we are off to a nice, quiet start. a few clouds around this morning, but no precipitation. 33 degrees in parkton.
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we will make it close to 50 this afternoon. not a bad day. mixture of sunshine and clouds. variable winds at 10 miles per hour. chance for showers late in the day. good chance for rain tuesday night and wednesday morning. not heavy rain, but showers. >> be sure to check the bottom of your screen for updated news and traffic information. back at 7:55 with another live update n.
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7:30 now on this monday morning, march 14, 2011. you are looking at some of the heartbreaking scenes from japan this morning, three days after the powerful earthquake and tsunami. hundreds of thousands are without water and electricity. many roads so badly damaged they cannot be used. inside studio 1a i'm meredith vieira alongside matt lauer. for all the despair in japan, and there is so much of it, there are positive stories of survival. >> an american woman tweeted ann curry because she hadn't heard from her sister who was teaching in japan. incredibly ann was able to find the woman. we'll have the emotional reunion
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ahead. >> plus, what is it like to live through a tsunami? after surviving the tsunami in north asia, we'll hear from a couple. and growing concerns over the safety of the nuclear power plants in the u.s. in the wake of what's happening in japan. could it happen here? we'll hear from the experts. >> let us begin with the reunion that ann played a role in. she's back with details. ann, good morning again. >> reporter: good morning once again to you, matt. as we have been reporting, many people are looking for missing loved ones including americans. this morning i received a tweet from a young woman searching for her sister. she had arrived in japan on the day of the quake. the tweeter from san francisco wrote, my sister, american english teacher, is missing in minamisanriku. please help with any news of
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evacuations. the coastal fishing village of minamisanriku is one of the hardest hit by the tsunami. it's where this home video captures just how deadly the wave was, rushing in at four stories high and pushing sixle miles deep. 10,000 people are still missing. the teacher was described as 25, an english teacher in minamisanriku who returned on the day of the quake to see her students graduate from middle school. we arrived with her picture at the middle school, which had been turned into an evacuation center for survivors. when suddenly, this woman said she was okay and somewhere outside. cannon is a popular teacher and soon everyone wanted to help. one took us to another evacuation center and there she was. >> hi! >> reporter: are you cannon?
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>> yes. >> reporter: with her, two other american teachers. >> we had to run up into the mountains and stay there for a while. >> reporter: mary kaitlyn churchill of boston, massachusetts. and steve mendoza of riverside, california, unable to reach their families, stranded in a place without phones and cell service. steve took this dramatic home video. >> hi. can you hear me? >> reporter: meantime, in san francisco, we reached cannon's sister megan walsh and parents john and adrian. >> you have my sister? >> reporter: i have her. >> oh, my god. it's her. she's on the phone. >> are you okay? >> i'm totally okay. i'm absolutely -- i have been fine the whole time. >> reporter: mary, kaitlyn and steve were able to talk to their
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families. probably relieved for good news in a story with so much bad, matt. >> it's really good news. i know cannon purdy is with you and her family joins us as well. her sister, mom and dad. good morning to all of you. >> good morning. >> can you describe what the last 72 hours have been like for you? >> well, just been on the computer, on the television searching for any sign of news of people in that devastated area. we are so fortunate to be able to speak to them last night. >> you reached out with a tweet to ann curry and others. my sister, american english teacher, is missing in minamisanriku. please help with news of evacuees. ann tweeted back, i will do my best and, boy, did she. she found your sister, slash, daughter. can you see her there? can you see her face?
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>> yeah, we can. it's great. hi! >> hi! >> cannon, i can only imagine the frustration on your part knowing that your family would be so worried about you and unable to reach out to them. what was it like to place that phone call? >> it was a great relief. we didn't have cell service and no hope of reaching cell service any time soon. so i kind of had to tuck it away and hope for the best and hope they weren't too worried and try to do what i could here. it was great to just know they knew i was okay and that the other families knew their children were okay. >> i know you have been teaching in japan for a couple of years now. i understand from your mom that you began to loathe the daily tsunami warnings that would wake a lot of people up there every
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day. i would imagine you placed those in perspective now. >> most definitely. you know, everyone here was very concerned and very serious about the warnings. coming from a different culture, i kind of understood, but blew it off a little bit. now i will never make that mistake again. it's certainly been more devastating than i could imagine. >> mom, dad, megan, i know how badly you must want to get cannon back in your arms. i understand she has travel plans. can you jump in and overrule those and get her back home? >> i don't think so. i think she got my mother's itchy feet. >> you're headed to india? >> she's fine now. she can do whatever she wants. >> i don't actually -- my
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passport was lost so i don't know if i can make it to india. >> oh, no. >> i feel some responsibility to stay here and help as long as i can. i'm not sure if i would be a bigger burden or not. but i have really good friends here and good people who have helped us this whole time. i haven't made up my mind when i need to go home. >> it's obvious why you are so popular there. our thoughts are with you and your friends and clearly the people who have lost so much over the last 72 hours. please stay safe. we are glad you got to talk to your parents. mom, dad and megan, we're glad you got to see her as well. >> we love you. thank you so much for the opportunity. >> i'm so thankful. we love you. >> take care, sweet heart. >> the one tweet that family sent to ann afterwards, ann curry, i love you, thank you for finding my sister. a nice end to the story. now a check of the weather from al.
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>> we have a big storm in the mid section of the country that's generating strong storms to the south of it. to the north we have snow. a risk of strong storms through the gulf coast. one to two inches of snow. back to the west another storm system in the pacific northwest bringing rain, snow, wind. anywhere from an inch to a half an inch of rain. places in the pacific northwest may see six inches of snow >> are off to a quiet start this monday. if you clouds from time to time, but we don't expect rain or snow. high temperatures, upper
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back now with more of our special coverage on the disaster in japan. friday's earthquake was the largest ever recorded in japan. much of the damage was caused by the tsunami that quake triggered. nbc's kate snow talked to two people who have lived through a tsunami. good morning, kate. >> good morning. we see the pictures of waves racing at 40 miles per hour. we try to imagine what it would be like to face a fall of water. for survivors of the 2004 south asia tsunami it's all bringing back painful memories. few people know what it's like to survive something like this. few know the raging power of a tsunami.
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but petra nemcova and nate berkus know it all too well. petra and her boyfriend simon atley were vacationing in thailand. >> you saw the sea going out. >> i wish i had known it was the sign of a tsunami coming in. >> reporter: like almost everyone else on the beach the couple had no idea what was coming. they went back to their beach hut. >> reporter: did you hear the wave coming? >> no. in a split second it comes, breaks all the glass. >> reporter: the water swept the couple far from their bungalow. petra grabbed a branch on a palm tree and held on. >> for me when i see what happened in japan the sounds and smells come back to me. >> reporter: on that same day in 2004 nate berkus and his partner fernando were on vacation in sri
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lanka. >> the first thing i heard was the sound of structures, trees, things snapping and collapsing. within 30 seconds of that i was pinned underneath the bed. the scariest part of surviving a tsunami is what you're in the water with. it's like a soup of bodies and babies and the most horrible things you can imagine. last time i saw fernando we were attached to a telephone pole. i remember saying to him, what is this? we thought perhaps it was a tidal wave. we had no idea. he said, but it's over now. it's over now. as soon as he said that the water changed direction again and that was the last time i saw him. >> reporter: as for petra, she clung to the tree for eight long hours. her pelvis shattered. eventually she was rescued, hospitalized for weeks. sadly, she was never able to find her boyfriend either.
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petra feels a deep kinship with victims in japan now. >> my heart goes to everyone in japan. >> reporter: she hopes to help the survivors after the 2004 tsunami she created the happy hearts fund which builds schools for children after natural disaster strikes. >> children can go back to school which is safe. they can go back to normal, start the healing process. >> petra said she was hanging from the tree and couldn't help the people suffering around her. so hard. but she made a vow to help other victims as soon as she was able. she and nate are concerned people aren't prepared for tsunamis and other natural disasters and say we have to educate ourselves and our kids. >> kate snow, thank you very much. tom is with nasa. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> you look at the images of the tsunami and it's hard to imagine the power of the waves. how would you describe the force? >> tremendous. if you go to nasa.gov you can
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see how the shoreline has changed and how much water we are talking about. >> how much are we talking about? >> enough to go six miles inland in japan. it's hard to imagine. you are talking about a wave generated by moving a big chunk, like hundreds of square kilometers of the ocean floor and creating a massive wave that moves at 500 miles per hour. >> there are sophisticated alert systems in place in japan. warnings went off but the lead time varies. in japan i believe they had 15 minutes to half an hour to deal with this. >> shorter in some cases. it depends on where the source of the tsunami is and where you are located. in japan it was 50 to 100 miles offshore it was generated. some people may have had minutes. japan is one of the best prepared countries on earth for an event like this. >> it's almost impossible to outrun it with that amount of lead time. >> true. you need to understand what the
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hazards are and what your response should be. in the west coast of the u.s. there are signs, places like the usgs that have tried to explain to people what they should do. >> people need to understand as well that when a tsunami hits it's a series of waves, not just one. if you survive the first, what do you do to survive the next one? >> this is a single wave that's hundreds of miles long. if we had a rope between us and we were making waves, make it a hundred miles long. as you squish in the wave jumps up high. some of the waves can be 30, 1,000 feet high. >> what do you do if one comes and you survive that, just get to high ground? >> get as high as you can. you will hear stories of people who cling to something to survive, but the safest thing is to get to higher ground. >> in japan they have adjusted the magnitude to 9.0.
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does that have to do with the size of the subsequent tsunami? >> it tells how how much force is released and how much of the sea floor moved to create it. that's cutting edge science. >> simon winchester was in the first half hour. a former geologist, now a journalist. believes that the earthquakes we saw in chile, haiti and japan. he believes they are all related. >> they are all driven by technical nonic forces of the earth. we have big plates bumping into each other, but there is not a specific connection between them. it's really important not to second guess the authorities and get people worried about things. we have to pay attention to what things like usgs and other government agencies say. >> thank you very much for your perspective. we are back after this. [ male announcer ] when mike rowe heads home,
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am stan stovall. time for another check on the morning commute. here is sarah caldwell and traffic pulse 11. >> of volume-related delays, a few accidents. joppa road, one accident in the clearing stages. baltimore avenue, watch foreclosures between allegheny ave and pennsylvania avenue. looking at some west side delays, and slow on the north side outer loop. if you are going to travel was
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down on 100, is still some slow spots between nominal mills boulevard and it to 95 the due to an earlier accident. show you what looks like at old court. looking normal for this time of morning. those delays from 795 towards edmondson. harford, northeast corner, standard banking. >> you'll probably notice cloud cover on the traffic cameras. mixture of sunshine and clouds. 33 at parkton. 34 degrees in jarrettsville. mr. sunshine and clouds, partly cloudy, cool and then over the weekend. increased chance for rain with showers likely it late on tuesday and into wednesday morning. >> check the bottom of your
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8:00 now on a monday morning, the 14th of march 2011 as japan tries to begin the long recovery process, now three days after what the prime minister of that country calls the country's worst crisis since world war ii. in studio 1a in new york city i'm matt lauer along with meredith vieira. just ahead the latest from japan. more than 10,000 are believed to have died in friday's earthquake and resulting tsunami. food and water in short supply in the hardest hit areas. today there was a second hydrogen explosion at a damaged nuclear power plant. we'll have details on all of that straight ahead. >> we'll continue to report on the details in japan.
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there are other stories as well including details on the $250 million sexual harassment lawsuit against american apparel and its ceo. the young woman whole filed the suit is here in a live interview. >> we want to begin with the mounting humanitarian and nuclear crisis in japan. ann curry is in minamisanriku. i'm thinking with all that region has been through with the earthquake and tsunami over the past 72 hours now word of the potential nuclear crisis. are people on the streets there talking about that? the power plant's only 50 miles to the south of where you are. >> reporter: you know, that's interesting, matt. i think it's fair to say that people are so overwhelmed with all the other things they are facing that they may not be completely up to speed on this issue. the reality is they have been reassured by the government that the government will take care of them, they will be safe. i think some of the things that
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were revealed in your interview this morning, i don't know that people here fully know about. people are talking about eating, whether they have clean water. they are worried about power. they're very cold at night here because it's cold and they have no power. the kids are coughing. the elderly need more blankets. there is a pressing, immediate need. that's something they need to know more about. >> it brings up an interesting point, ann. how easy is it for people there to get information? you have aftershocks, tsunami warnings. how are people staying in touch and staying informed? >> reporter: there are radios. it looks like they are operated on batteries. people are listening to those. also, i don't think there are new newspapers but they are reading old newspapers. they are also in together in groups staying in evacuation
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centers inside disaster zones like this. there is a lot of communication -- verbal communication, one on one. they are sleeping on the floor, in the same room. so that's happening. buttal i would say that without television and without ready access that they have come to expect to the outside world it is fair to say that there is a certain amount of a lack of information about what's really happening outside. so, you know, i think that what we learn today in the interview you had this morning at least with the u.s. officials is that there is a lot -- there is a reason to be concerned. i think people here have a sense that in terms of a nuclear issue that the government has it under control. >> ann curry reporting for us as she has all morning long. ann will be back in a little while. thank you very much. >> nbc's chief science
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correspondent robert bazell has more information on the nuclear plants. good morning. how serious is it there now? >> reporter: it's hard to say it's a good day, meredith, when you have the second explosion at a nuclear power plant in three days and the third of three reactors has been declared to be in such a critical state it needs the same infusion of sea water that led to the explosion of the other two. that's not good news. also, several workers are being treated for radiation poisoning. those are just people working inside the plant. there is no indication that dangerous radiation is spreading beyond that. so far, the fission products, the critical core hasn't breached the containment vessel but that's what everyone is watching. the government and utility companies say it's unlikely. physicists say it is a possibility and that's where we stand. >> the government said the amount of radioacti activity is
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relatively modest. some wonder if they are downplaying the situation. what have you heard? >> reporter: well, the government is walking a very fine line here, meredith. on one hand, as ann was saying, you have a nation overwhelmed with enormous tragedy. you don't want to play up all the possibilities of a horrible thing going worse than it has already. yet on the same side you don't want to be falsely reassuring and not get people prepared. there is another situation happening. there is a front moving through tonight and the winds on the ground will start blowing back inland. they have been blowing out to sea. the radiation has not been much so far. if there were to be a leak it would be a problem inland in the very areas of japan that have been so devastated by the earthquake and tsunami. >> thank you very much. now a check of the top stories with savannah guthrie at the
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news desk. >> good morning. in the news this morning the wave of revolution in the middle east and north africa is being met today with escalating violence. heavy gunfire was heard south of yemen's capital after a weekend that saw seven killed and a hundred others wounded. in ba rain, some members of parliament are calling for a military clamp down after renewed clashes. in libya, moammar gadhafi's forces continued air strikes today against rebels who have been on the run since friday. officials in afghanistan say a suicide bomber killed at least 33 people today at an afghan army recruiting center. more than 40 people were wounded. two sheriff's deputies were shot and killed sunday responding to a break-in at a salvage yard in southwestern virginia. two other deputies were wounded, one critically. the suspect was killed in a shootout later that day. for the second time this
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month a teenage athlete has died suddenly playing basketball. an autopsy will be performed on 16-year-old robert garza who collapsed saturday during a tournament in austin, texas. amanda knox is back in an italian courtroom fighting to overturn her conviction in the murder of british student meredith kirchner. keith miller has the latest for us. >> reporter: good morning. the defense team for knox went on the attack during the appeal hearing going after a key prosecution witness. in the weekend court session the defense called six witnesses to refute testimony that placed knox and her former boyfriend near the scene of the crime at the time knox's roommate was murdered. meredith kirchner was murdered and violently sexually assaulted in the house she shared with knox. the star prosecution witness, a homeless man, said earlier he was certain of the time because
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he saw students boarding shuttle buses to night clubs. appearing pale, knox listened intently as shuttle bus drivers and nightclub workers said there were no shuttle buses operating that night because the nightclubs were closed because of a public holiday. the prosecution witness who is himself on trial for drug offenses will be called back to the stand at the next hearing in two weeks. knox's stepdad chris was in court and said the testimony removes amanda and her former boyfriend from the scene of the crime. >> it was extremely helpful and i believe very beneficial to amanda knox's attempt to right this wrongful conviction. >> reporter: prosecutors describe the defense team's tactics as useless. still to come in this appeal hearing is the re-evaluation of the dna evidence used to convict amanda knox of murder. savannah? >> keith miller, thank you.
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two snow leopards may be the future of their endangered spe si ifs they like each other. a zoo in hungary imported two rare leopards with the hope they can establish a breeding program. the two have yet to meet. zookeepers hope it will be love at first sight. they liked each other's match.com profiles. now back to al with a check of the weather. >> we have folks here from the m.s. society. what's going on? national m.s. awareness week. more on their website. let's check your weather. we'll tell you -- how do you like your chilly? 45 degrees for the high today in cincinnati. big storm in the mid mississippi river valley and snow to the
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north. strong storms in the lower mississippi river valley. still a nice day in the northeast. more rain moving into the pacific northwest. sunshine through the southwest. >> is going to be a quiet start to the work week. not completely sunny, but we don't expect precipitation. high temperatures either side and that's your latest weather. matt? >> thank you very much. up next, the young woman suing the ceo of american apparel for sexual harassment speaks out to us in an exclusive live interview after this. new cafe collection flavors. e and try s
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back now wlt with the woman suing the ceo of american apparel for sexual harassment. nbc's peter alexander has the latest details. peter, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the allegations in this case are ugly and they are upsetting. this is a young woman accusing her former boss, founder of american apparel, of forcing her into sexual acts for months on end. american apparel is disputing the claims and a brooklyn judge has ordered a temporary halt on the sexual harassment lawsuit. with its provocative ad campaigns, american apparel has always used a healthy dose of sexuality to market the company's product. the strategy that's as controversial as the man behind
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it, ceo doug charney. the canadian entrepreneur is accused of being a sexual predator by former employee irene morales. >> i don't want to be a victim anymore. >> reporter: in the lawsuit she said she was held prisoner in his apartment for hours and forced to perform sexual acts. she said he first approached her in 2007 when she was a 17-year-old sales associate and a high school student. bombarding her with calls and texts demanding she send him sexually explicit photographs and morales said once she turned 18 charney forced her to perform sex acts with him for another eight months, warning her if she refused she'd be out of work. >> i don't want to keep secret about this especially when there might be others out there like me who i can help. >> reporter: in the new court documents american apparel argues morales brought the suit after making a number of extortion-like threats to expose the company to a threatened
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avalanche of litigation and negative publicity. american apparel said morales left the company without complaint and resigned with a letter of gratitude regarding her positive experience at the company. charney has been dogged by scandal, including several sexual harassment suits in the past, none of which went to trial. still, this was charney during a sworn deposition from one of the cases, answering questions about the chain that sells clothing and underwear. >> i frequently drop my pants to show people my new product. you know, that was common. you know, i was very proud of it. >> reporter: in that deposition, charney defended using what most people consider offensive language to describe women including those who worked for him. >> you use derogatory terms? >> you know, there are some of us that love slut.
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it's not -- it can be an endearing term. >> reporter: an unorthodox executive now facing a new round of allegations. the judge in this case ordered a hearing for later this month. morales' lawyers have to show why the case shouldn't go to binding arbitration which is what american apparel says is dictated by morales' contract. >> thank you, peter. irene morales is here with us along with her attorney. let's go back to august of 2007. you start working at american apparel as a sales clerk. not long after you met the ceo doug charney and say the sexual advances started almost immediately. things like him asking you to text him with sexually explicit information, what have you. by december of 2007 you had an emotional breakdown. >> yeah. >> you were hospitalized for a few days but when you got out of the hospital you went back to american apparel. why do back after all those months of abuse?
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in all that time did you tell anybody about it? >> no. i did not tell anyone. but i did have responsibilities to take care of. i was in high school. i had to pay rent. i had financial responsibilities. le i didn't quit and i had to go back. >> why did you feel you had to go back? you couldn't pay your bills any other way? >> yeah. i had gone out and looked for other jobs as well. but nothing was as good paying. like the wages at american apparel were pretty decent. i just had to go back. >> did you assume this behavior was going to stop? >> i thought it was almost normal. i thought everyone in the retail, fashion industry had to go through something similar to that. i didn't think anything else of it. >> in april of 2008 when you turned 18, shortly thereafter you claim that doug charney
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called you to his apartment, a place you had never been, and essentially held you captive for hours forcing you to perform sex acts with him and also continued to do that in the months afterwards. at that point, did you consider calling the police because if, indeed what you are saying is true, that would have been rape. >> no. i didn't contact the police or my friends or family. it's something that was shameful and embarrassing. i didn't want to tell anyone. >> it's not uncommon for the victim of sexual assault or sexual harassment to often wait many years to come forward. they are traumatized, concerned with what society will think of them. in this particular case, irene just made a personal decision to come forward. >> you finally did quit in december of 2008. why? >> i just was really stressed out. i couldn't take it anymore. i wanted to further my education. so i moved to west virginia. i started school. i kind of got a clean start.
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>> then in 2010 -- it's complicated because you went back to american apparel, this time in los angeles. i think a lot of people won't understand that. >> well, the victims of sexual harassment often remain silent. they often don't know what to do in a situation. in irene's case, she needed the job. she went back to the company and immediately realized that it was a bad decision. >> the company and charney are saying you signed a confidentiality agreement stating that you would never sue. they told us in part all american apparel employees are subject to the same arbitration agreement signed by ms. morales in order to protect the privacy and interests of employees and prevent predatory plaintiffs and attorneys from attempting to use the media to extort the company. they're saying you're trying to fleece the company. she signed the agreement. >> she was 17 years old when she signed it.
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she was a teenager. this agreement was forced upon her. she would not have gotten the job if she didn't sign it. the more important question to ask is why is the company so focused on confidentiality? why are they trying to silence irene? what don't they want people to know about her and the case? >> what are you trying to get across today? >> you know, i was victimized by doug charney and i won't stand for it anymore. if there are other women out there, they should absolutely speak up because it's wrong in every way, shape and form. >> thanks for joining us this morning. we're back after this. some say i'm bold. i say i'm free. i wear what i love, because expression means everything. i wear the pants. and the tops. and the jewels. i grab life by the accessories. some say i've done it all. i say i'm just getting started.
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more ahead on a monday morning including the best small appliances for your kitchen. >> plus, want to boost your memory? we'll get tips from a man with the best memory in the country. it is not matt lauer. first your local news and weather. i can remember that much.
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. let's get a final check on the morning commute with sarah caldwell. >> still trying to wrap up this rush hour, but late accidents to mention. outer loop of edmondson, this one is now clear. west side delays on the outer loop. inner loop between stevenson and the j.f.x. accident being reported. trotter road and loch raven boulevard, crashed still clearing. heavy spots from approaching white marsh to the 895 split.
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baltimore and and and allegheny ave., watch for water main repairs. for this out, was down 100, route 10, watch for an accident location. inner loop traffic, a bit of a back of developing towards the j.f.x. reported accident in that stretch. traffic at 40 west, have the west side delays in both directions. tony, over to you. >> we are off to a quiet start today. a few clouds hanging around, but we don't expect precipitation. temperatures in the 30's right now. 33 in parkton. we should make it close to 50 this afternoon. not at this time of year. a mixture of sunshine and clouds. clouds thickening up tomorrow. a chance for rain tomorrow evening. it will clear up by the end of
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the weekend. high temperatures making it into the 60s by thursday and friday. spring begins on sunday. the equinoxes takes place at 7:21 and the evening. >> we will have another update in 25 minutes.
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8:30 on this monday morning, the 14th of march 2011. beautiful weather to start the last week of winter, believe it or not. that's put a smile on the faces of everyone gathers on rockefeller plaza. what a nice crowd we have today. looks like friday. >> on the plaza i'm meredith vieira along with matt lauer,
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savannah guthrie and al roker. just ahead, from blenders to small cookers, the small appliances you need to make your life easier in the kitchen. we have been eyeing that toaster oven. >> we need that in the kitchen. we have a little bit of a disaster up there. the problem is you go to a store and these things are lined up like 11 toaster oven in a row. how do you know which ones to choose? we'll have great advice. >> that's why we are doing the segment. >> speaking of cooking we'll go back to the great debate -- butter or margarine? which is better for health? >> and are you tired of forgetting your keys or where your glasses are, the name of the person right -- down -- >> how many times have you called me al? >> we have help on the way. we're going to get memory-building tips from the new national memory champ. >> good stuff. >> how about the weather? >> what did you ask me? >> let's show you what's
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happening. we have below normal temperatures. heavy rain out west. snow in the mountains. mid-week period, above normal temperatures through much of the downry with the exception of the with rain in the northeast and northwest. then we have more above normal temperatures. the two-thirds of the u.s., chilly side with wet weather and >> are off to a quiet start this monday. if you clouds from time to time, but we don't expect rain or snow. high temperatures, upper that's your latest weather.
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don't forget. you can check your weather any time day or night. go to weather channel on cable or weather.com online as the rolling spring break continues! [ cheers and applause ] >> meredith? >> okay, al. thank you very much. before we go to commercial i want to take a look at these folks and remind folks about multiple sclerosis. >> mssociety.org. it's national m.s. awareness week. >> up next, thank you very much. when it comes to cooking, should you go back to butter or margari margarine? first this is "today" on nbc.
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game but for some only butter will do. joy bauer is "today" contributor. harold dieterle is a chef. le harold, i will get to you. you are a defense attorney. make your closing argument for butter and one for margarine. >> well, butter is a more natural spread made from milk fat. it tastes delicious, but it's fattening, loaded with calories and artery-clogging fats, saturated fat which drives up the bad cholesterol. you have to go easy. >> but margarine -- >> let's start with whipped butter. it's awesome and a great alternative for people who love butter but it incorporates a lot of air with half the amount of calories and saturated fat. i do like whipped butter. >> we're talking saturated fat with butter. when we talk about margarine and this is the bad boy, you're talking trans-fats.
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>> right. ironically we created margarine back when because we thought it was healthier. trans-fat in the stick margarine specifically increases bad cholesterol, lowers the good and promotes inflammation throughout the body. if i am the judge of authority here, avoid stick margarine. >> some of the varieties we are starting to see? >> these are great. these are soft tub margarines. because it has a spreadable, soft texture it doesn't have the trans-fat. you can feel good about these. for those watching their weight buy the reduced calorie version. only 30 calories a tablespoon. >> harold, let's go to you as the chef in the group. when butter, when margarine? >> we use the tub margarine in two areas -- inside the dough because it is a water-based dough and there is a good amount of water inside the margarine. >> it doesn't affect the taste? >> no.
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it makes it taste quite delicious. that's the base dough. we have some cooking over here. for the butter, you don't want to use margarine in a situation where you are making an emulsified sauce like a beurre blanc. it doesn't work. you're trying to emulsify the acids and butter solids. you have to whisk it together and just, it's not going to work. >> plus, also, margarine blanc sauce doesn't sound -- >> doesn't sound as sexy. >> you have to go for butter sometimes. >> is this a situation in the kitchen when chefs are involved it's a purist versus the new wave? >> i would say so. we have margarine because it works great in satisfying vegans. it's high dodge naydrogenated o >> if you have health concerns and want the best possible healthy option your recommendation is what?
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>> either whipped butter, but if you have high cholesterol go for the soft tub vegetable spreads. if you're watching your weight buy the reduced calorie version. there are a lot of good ones on the market. >> thank you very much for the info. up next, the best of the best when it comes to small kitchen appliances. first, this is "today" on nbc.
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we are back at 8:41. the best small appliances for your kitchen. how do you know what's best? folks at america's test kitchen have done exhausting testing and the winners are in the latest edition of "cook's" magazine. >> hi, meredith. >> so many people want the
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appliances. people are cooking at home more than they did in the past. how did you decide the best appliances out there? >> how does it perform? we buy all the best-le selling brands, bring them to a test kitchen in boston and test them to death. we do all the things you will do and then some. we'll be grating potatoes, making pie dough but we do it 50 times and put everything through the dishwasher and try to abuse it a little bit. >> see what stands up. let's start your choice for best food processor. this is the kitchenaid 12-cup food processor. it's pricy at $1200 but you say don't skimp. >> big bowl. >> why big? >> 11 cups is the minimum size for pizza dough. this one has a great feed tube i will show you. you just -- you can fit a whole potato in there and the blades
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are also very sharp. as you can see -- >> oh, yeah. >> all right. >> it has a nice small bowl, too, for pesto. you only have to clean the small one. >> kitchenaid is also your choice for a blender. >> right. it slightly tapers so the food is forced down. the vertical flutes also get it to go down and it has asymmtrical blades so you don't miss any food. everything is perfectly pureed. we did a fun test where we put a couple of food colorings in. >> yellow and blue? >> i think we have made enough noise. >> what does that tell you?
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>> we did a test to see how long it would take to get a perfectly green puree. this one was 30 seconds. others, two minutes and we still had streaks of white, yellow, blue. >> let's move on to the mixer. you talk about something here. the sanitary action you say is the way to go. what is that? >> it has a stationary bowl, single arm and the arm orbits around the bowl. planetary action. >> this is a cuisinart. >> right. le all it means is we are -- oh, it would be good if i put it down. two things that will do. it scrapes the sides of the bowl and the beater won't get caught. if you're making peanut butter cookie dough they get clogged, this one won't.
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couple other nice features, the best dough hook out there. if you like to make bread this pushes it back down and it has an automatic shutoff. set it for five minutes, go down and change the laundry. if you forget, it turns itself off. >> slow cookers. you say to get the glass lid and you love the crockpot touch screen slow cooker. >> every time you take the lid off, add 30 minutes. you don't want to take the lid off and check what's going on. the other thing you need to know is this has nice grips so you can take out the insert. if you want to bring it to the table, you can. it's easier to clean. a lot of them don't have the grips and you have to dump out the insert which is tricky. >> and dangerous. this is what we are coveting, the toaster oven. people forget. they buy the toaster oven and the one thing they don't do is toast bread. >> half the models couldn't. they burned it on one side and it was underdone on the other.
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that was our first test. half the models failed. >> this is a breville. >> these heat up quickly, use half as much energy. a lot of them are for baking. this one produced really lovely roast chicken. >> smells great. >> we baked 12-inch pizzas in these. you can see the chicken looks really nice. we did cookies. it has a great programming feature. easy to use. >> there are a lot of electric pressure cookers but you say don't go for them. >> they don't get hot enough. if you are making a stew, brown the meat and cook the onion. they steam them. stick with the stove top modelle. the new age ones are much better than the one your mother or my mother had. they have lots of safety
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features. it's big. you control the heat. >> what is it about this one? is it fagor? >> yes. most important feature we found was this gasket has to be well made. if they are poorly made you won't get a seal. this is an easy locking mechanism and those are the most important. >> finally the juicer. >> this is fun. i will put this in place. this handle is actually motorized. >> what do i do? >> press it down. >> oh, that's so easy. >> what we love is it extracts every bit of juice if from the orange. >> none's coming out. >> you know what, that strops the drip. when you take your glass of juice you don't get a drip on the counter. >> this is a breville again. >> this is a luxury item. but if you love fresh squeezed juice and you want every drop
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this is the best model for you. >> lots of great information. thank you so much. jack bishop. up next, the man with the best memory in the country. first this is "today" on nbc. cheers. oh wow, look at that.
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do you have trouble remembering names? can't remember where you parked your car or put your keys? >> all of the above. jenna wolfe was determined to improve her memory. how did it work? >> okay. if i handed you a deck of cards could you remember every suit, number, color in 30 seconds? >> sure. >> i'm done then. actually you could if you train yourself. only 2% of americans have a foet graphic memory. the rest is training. this weekend all the training led up to the 14th annual usa memory championship. >> here is jordan! >> jordan, mcenroe -- dellis? you may not have heard of the last guy but nelson dellis is at the top of his game like jordan and mcenroe. >> you expect somebody who's naturally good at memorizing things. that's not the case. everybody who competes trained their memories.
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>> reporter: which for nelson means treating it like any other passion. >> i train every day. i'm trying to compete and win. it's at anotherle level. but keeping my mind stimulated is my floss identify of life. you know, i work on my body and also on my brain. >> reporter: before you think this memory business isn't for you, keep this in mind. >> anybody can do this. you can do it. anybody on the street could do it. it's justing how the brain works and taking advantage of it. >> reporter: to get a better idea of what a memory athlete can do we put nelson's memory where his mantra is. >> i'm jim bell, kaitlyn, eric, jenna. >> jenna bush? >> hager. >> i'm don. >> reporter: after meeting and greeting 55 "today" staffers, spending less than five seconds. >> hi, matt lauer. >> i'm jackie. >> nice to meet you. >> reporter: we sat nelson down to see how he did.
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>> that's don. candice. debbie. kerry, matt. >> reporter: yep. >> in the end he missed only one. >> i don't remember. >> reporter: how does he do it? >> turning what you want to memorize into vid pictures. say you want a grocery list. look at words like milk and picture milk. >> reporter: to test the theory that anyone can do it, i dove in head first and entered the usa memory championship. first stop, a little training and by a little, i mean a lot. >> now let's focus on the last name. tanaka sounds like what? >> binaca. >> breath spray. >> what does binaca breath spray have to do with hashi tanaka. >> connect that to the feature. the nose, eyes, mouth, forehead,
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cheekbones. that's where you will hang your picture in terms of the visual picture you will create for the person's name. >> tell me the story you used to memorize my name. >> wolfe. i did your hair was different shades of the wolf's coat. >> reporter: competition day came. my goal, remembering 117 faces. first and last names with proper spellings all in 15 minutes. i could lie and say i'm not nervous, but i'm nervous. >> mental athletes, you may begin. >> reporter: with that, i was on the clock. that's the hardest thing i have ever done. and i only competed in one event. there were seven different tests. how did nelson do? considering he spent the whole
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day practicing at "today" -- >> i would like to be the first one to congratulate the new champion nelson. >> reporter: nelson, indeed, won. [ applause ] >> reporter: he joins us this morning. i want to re-emphasize that anybody can do that. nelson doesn't have a photo graphic memory. he won the u.s. record for the amount of sequential numbers in a row he memorized, 248 numbers in how much time? >> five minutes. >> here are all the people we had in our office. pick three random people. nelson hasn't been here in two weeks. just to give you an idea how much this sticks. we come across people all the time. this shows you that the technique i will show to you in a second works. here we go. >> this is antoinette, elizabeth, durell. that's jenny.
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>> wow! >> this is after the comp competition and everything else distracting you. >> i haven't thought about it since i met them snm with matt lauer, how do you remember? >> it's easier when you see someone every day. >> how did you do? >> okay. there were 38 people that competed. i came in 30 out of 38 which means eight people that trained the entire year for this did worse than i did. so i don't know who those are. >> nelson, what about the games on nintendo -- >> like brain games? i have never had experience with it. but i feel any activity you can do with your brain to stimulate like crosswords, mental math is good. >> couldn't you use this in vegas? >> probably. >> he wasn't a straight a student. he was average. any person can do this. >> it's great. >> do you know where my car keys are? >> congratulations.
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le back after your local news and weather. >> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. a 7-year-old girl is in serious condition. she was playing in village circle in dundalk when a dog escaped from a neighbor's yard. neighbors jumped to stop the attack using shovels. she suffered bites to the head and face. the dog was removed by animal control. back in a minute with a check on today's forecast
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>> now let's take a look at the
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forecast with tony pann at. >> quiet start this monday. a couple of clouds during the day today but we don't expect precipitation. mixture of sunshine and clouds, partly cloudy. high temperatures in the upper 40's and low 50s. cloudy tomorrow. chance for rain late in the day. best chance for rain tuesday night and wednesday morning. mid-50's on wednesday. high temperatures in the 60's by the end of the week. over the weekend, it cools down. spring begins officially on sunday. >> thank you for joining us. another weather update at 9:25.
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